Town centre protest: ‘Save our threatened mental health beds’

This Is Lancashire: Town centre protest: ‘Save our threatened mental health beds’ Town centre protest: ‘Save our threatened mental health beds’

A PROTEST campaign was held in Bolton town centre on Saturday to make people aware of the proposed closure of one of the town’s three mental health wards.

Led by members of Unison and the Bolton West Constituency Labour Party (CLP), the petition-signing event was staged in Victoria Square aimed at stopping Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Trust pressing ahead with its plans.

The trust, which covers Bolton, Salford and Trafford, is proposing to make £2.3 million a year savings from cuts to local services.

A period of consultation which started in November finishes at the end of this month.
Protest organiser Karen Reissman said she was convinced 99 per cent of people in Bolton were unaware of the proposals.

She said: “We want to let the public know because the period of consultation is coming to an end.”

Ms Reissman said that the proposals — which could mean a total loss of 29 adult beds across Bolton and Salford — had been successfully opposed in Trafford, where plans for cuts had now been dropped.

If the proposal goes ahead, elderly and mental health beds for Bolton and Salford will be centralised at Woodlands in Little Hulton, with the loss of 25 older-age beds.

“They want to replace one ward in Bolton and another in Salford and replace them with community care, but this will leave people suffering with mental health hopelessly exposed,” said Ms Reissman.

So far, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bolton and Salford say they their plans have not been affected by Trafford’s decision to pull out in the face of strong opposition.

A meeting of Bolton CCG heard that Trafford’s decision has had “no impact” on the decisionmaking process.

Su Long,  chief officer of NHS Bolton CCG, said: “In terms of the process there is no impact. Bolton is on a different contract and the potential savings would not be affected by Trafford’s decision — at the moment we are continuing with our consultation.”

More than 20 members of the public attended the CCG meeting, many of whom expressed concern about the potential impact of the changes.

Addressing the board, Jim Faucet said: “These wards are such an important part of the town’s mental health facilities — if they are taken away, you as doctors will take that responsibility for ever. It will be a disaster.”

For more information visit boltonccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/506-have-your-say-on-mental-health-services.

The consultation will end on March 30 and the CCG will make its decision on April 25.

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10:43am Mon 3 Mar 14

Tim Burr says...

Reissman, are the wards at Bolton made up of dementia patients - you know - that condition you don't want to mention.
Reissman, are the wards at Bolton made up of dementia patients - you know - that condition you don't want to mention. Tim Burr
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1:47pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Puffin-Billy says...

This link

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illustrates the abuse of NHS taxpayers money going on at Portcullis House by our Ministers of Parliament on behalf of Privateers , Groups of GPs in CCGs, who are intent on privatising our NHS.


On Saturday, over 50,000 people marched through Stafford in support of their local hospital, which has been put into administration by regulator Monitor on behalf of the Department of Health.


As the SKWAWKBOX blog pointed out, the ‘independent’ administrators appointed by the government to review the provisional decisions made by the original CPT team are none other than… the same original team.

As a commenter on the SKWAWKBOX blog pointed out, the speeches given by those addressing the marchers on Saturday were impassioned and plain-spoken – in stark contrast to the twisted, opaque statements made by the so-called ‘independent’ administrators about their plans. Here is an excerpt from the speech made by Support Stafford Hospital campaigner Cheryl Porter:

Nye Bevan said ‘The NHS will last as long as there are folks left to fight for it!’
Well I can see that there are many people willing to stand up and fight for the best national health service in the world! This is just the beginning of the fight, not only for our hospital but for lots of hospitals throughout Britain.

I have been privileged to meet some truly wonderful, dedicated people recently and they haven’t had a voice! Today I hope we have given them a voice.

We all need to shout loud, be proud and let the GP’s. the administrators and the government know that we want OUR hospital.
Please, Please….. please
I ask each and everyone of you to ask your GP whether they are in favour of closing services at Stafford, I want you to write to the administrators and tell them,……tell them we want A&E,
Tell them we want critical care….
Tell them we want paediatrics…..
Tell them we want ICU….
Tell them we demand Maternity…..
Tell them we want our hospital!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Until the people of Bolton get it into their heads that Bolton CCG, and

all the other CCGs in the country are in fact the enemy within, and the

enemy of the NHS we will continue to get attacks like this on our NHS.

Until the citizens of Bolton are prepared to tackle the liars in Bolton

CCG, and the hypocritical Tory councillors such as Andy Morgan ,

who are in fact working for the privatisation of the NHS , we will

continue to get attacks on our NHS, day in day out.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>.
Do you remember all that nonsense on Victoria Square last year - so called "celebrating" the birthday of the NHS?

It was nothing of the kind.

It was a bulls8 excercise in which a gullible public were led to believe that the CCGs had the interests of the NHS in Bolton at heart.

It is the purpose of the CCGs and Monitor to enforce competition to eventually privatise all aspects of the NHS.

Until the citizens of Bolton stop believing the ever growing volume of propaganda and lies being pumped out by Bolton CCG in these pages, and all the other CCGs around the country, we will continue to lose NHS facilities, such as NHS mental health, NHS maternity , and they will gradually be farmed out to private suppliers.

These links especially the first one will give you more idea of what Bolton CCG intends for our NHS.

They are liars, being paid by the Tory government, and , to tell lies on behalf of their pals in the private health , and insurance industry.

http://www.ccgwatch.
org.uk/urgent-mid-st
affs-nhs-administrat
ors-pushing-privatis
ation/


http://www.hsj.co.uk
/news/commissioning/
ccg-backs-down-in-pa
tient-involvement-pr
ocurement-row/506717
0.article#.UxSAiIWsD
zE

http://www.hsj.co.uk
/hsj-local/community
-providers/cambridge
shire-community-serv
ices-nhs-trust/commu
nity-services-launch
es-fresh-bid-for
This link http://www.2020healt h.org/2020health/eve nts/2014/RT18-3-14.h tml illustrates the abuse of NHS taxpayers money going on at Portcullis House by our Ministers of Parliament on behalf of Privateers , Groups of GPs in CCGs, who are intent on privatising our NHS. On Saturday, over 50,000 people marched through Stafford in support of their local hospital, which has been put into administration by regulator Monitor on behalf of the Department of Health. As the SKWAWKBOX blog pointed out, the ‘independent’ administrators appointed by the government to review the provisional decisions made by the original CPT team are none other than… the same original team. As a commenter on the SKWAWKBOX blog pointed out, the speeches given by those addressing the marchers on Saturday were impassioned and plain-spoken – in stark contrast to the twisted, opaque statements made by the so-called ‘independent’ administrators about their plans. Here is an excerpt from the speech made by Support Stafford Hospital campaigner Cheryl Porter: Nye Bevan said ‘The NHS will last as long as there are folks left to fight for it!’ Well I can see that there are many people willing to stand up and fight for the best national health service in the world! This is just the beginning of the fight, not only for our hospital but for lots of hospitals throughout Britain. I have been privileged to meet some truly wonderful, dedicated people recently and they haven’t had a voice! Today I hope we have given them a voice. We all need to shout loud, be proud and let the GP’s. the administrators and the government know that we want OUR hospital. Please, Please….. please I ask each and everyone of you to ask your GP whether they are in favour of closing services at Stafford, I want you to write to the administrators and tell them,……tell them we want A&E, Tell them we want critical care…. Tell them we want paediatrics….. Tell them we want ICU…. Tell them we demand Maternity….. Tell them we want our hospital! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Until the people of Bolton get it into their heads that Bolton CCG, and all the other CCGs in the country are in fact the enemy within, and the enemy of the NHS we will continue to get attacks like this on our NHS. Until the citizens of Bolton are prepared to tackle the liars in Bolton CCG, and the hypocritical Tory councillors such as Andy Morgan , who are in fact working for the privatisation of the NHS , we will continue to get attacks on our NHS, day in day out. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>. Do you remember all that nonsense on Victoria Square last year - so called "celebrating" the birthday of the NHS? It was nothing of the kind. It was a bulls8 excercise in which a gullible public were led to believe that the CCGs had the interests of the NHS in Bolton at heart. It is the purpose of the CCGs and Monitor to enforce competition to eventually privatise all aspects of the NHS. Until the citizens of Bolton stop believing the ever growing volume of propaganda and lies being pumped out by Bolton CCG in these pages, and all the other CCGs around the country, we will continue to lose NHS facilities, such as NHS mental health, NHS maternity , and they will gradually be farmed out to private suppliers. These links especially the first one will give you more idea of what Bolton CCG intends for our NHS. They are liars, being paid by the Tory government, and , to tell lies on behalf of their pals in the private health , and insurance industry. http://www.ccgwatch. org.uk/urgent-mid-st affs-nhs-administrat ors-pushing-privatis ation/ http://www.hsj.co.uk /news/commissioning/ ccg-backs-down-in-pa tient-involvement-pr ocurement-row/506717 0.article#.UxSAiIWsD zE http://www.hsj.co.uk /hsj-local/community -providers/cambridge shire-community-serv ices-nhs-trust/commu nity-services-launch es-fresh-bid-for Puffin-Billy
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1:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Here is an example of the abuse of NHS taxpayers money, being perpetrated by your some of your so called GPs in Bolton, who are in fact running private businesses in Bolton, using the NHS as a front.

Dr Shikha Pitalia, Director, SSP and Chair, United League Commissioning is one of those big business GPs, making a packet out of our NHS.

".......(Invitation Only Event Hosted by: Dr Phillip Lee MP With guest speakers: Dr Howard Stoate, Chair, NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group and Former MP Dr Shikha Pitalia, Director, SSP and Chair, United League Commissioning – March 18, 2014 – March 18, 2014 – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Portcullis House, Westminster)

Portcullis House (PCH) is an office building in Westminster, London, UK, that was commissioned in 1992 and opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 Members of Parliament and their staff, augmenting limited space in the Palace of Westminster and surroundings."
Here is an example of the abuse of NHS taxpayers money, being perpetrated by your some of your so called GPs in Bolton, who are in fact running private businesses in Bolton, using the NHS as a front. Dr Shikha Pitalia, Director, SSP and Chair, United League Commissioning is one of those big business GPs, making a packet out of our NHS. ".......(Invitation Only Event Hosted by: Dr Phillip Lee MP With guest speakers: Dr Howard Stoate, Chair, NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group and Former MP Dr Shikha Pitalia, Director, SSP and Chair, United League Commissioning – March 18, 2014 – March 18, 2014 – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Portcullis House, Westminster) Portcullis House (PCH) is an office building in Westminster, London, UK, that was commissioned in 1992 and opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 Members of Parliament and their staff, augmenting limited space in the Palace of Westminster and surroundings." Puffin-Billy
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